Explore the woodland portions of AOA’s beautiful Demonstration Site in Rockbridge as we walk the property and survey and identify native medicinal herbal plants growing on the site. This event is cosponsored by United Plant Savers (UpS), one of AOA’s community partners. Visit www.unitedplantsavers.org for additional information on the UpS mission. AOA’s Demonstration Site is a part of the UpS Botanical Sanctuary Network.
We will learn about our native medicinal herbs from trip lead and plant expert Erika Galentin, Outreach Coordinator for United Plant Savers. We will look for and observe plants such as ginseng, golden seal and black cohosh and find out about their preferred habitats. All participants will be given a packet of black cohosh seed collected from United Plant Savers Goldenseal Sanctuary in Meigs County.
Hear about United Plant Savers mission and the collaborative efforts of AOA, UpS and Rural Action to help conserve and restore valuable medicinal plant stocks and habitats. We will also discuss plans for the reintroduction of several native medicinal species and the demonstration areas to be cultivated by United Plant Savers.
Meet at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday morning. The walk will last approximately two hours. Feel free to pack a sack lunch and stay afterwards and enjoy the peace and serenity of the forest environs.
The Demonstration Site is located along U.S. Highway 33 just north of Rockbridge. Park in the gravel parking area located at 25797 Bailey Road near to the entrance to Mathias Grove.
This event is free and open to the public. We will plan to meet rain or shine – so please come prepared and dress appropriately for the weather and hiking on slopes.